Robert Campbell Jnr: History Painter - Art Collector

Robert Campbell Jnr, Giver of Life, 1986. Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 93 x 122cm. Artbank collection, purchased 1987

To say Robert Campbell Jnr (1944-1993) was an important Australian Indigenous storyteller, would be an understatement. A primarily self-taught painter, his works of the 1980s and 1990s embody an artistic life that sought to deal with the social discrimination he witnessed growing up in south eastern New South Wales, as well the continuing impact of Australia's colonial past. The selection of Campbell's paintings brought together for this first retrospective exhibition canvas still pertinent issues of dispossession, disempowerment and cultural and historical dematerialisation, disappearance, and a codified form of Aboriginal collective memory, a 'collective consciousness'. Curated by Djon Mundine OAM, Robert Campbell Jnr: History Painter includes works from major public and private collections from across the country, as well as ten significant works acquired by Artbank during his lifetime.

Exhibition opens: 20 February 2015
Exhibition closes: 23 May 2015
Location: Artbank, 1/198-222 Young St Waterloo NSW 2017
Contact: 1800 251 651

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